The Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op is a local non-profit that is committed to supporting Washington County's artisan small businesses. MoFACo was founded to give our locals an affordable option to step into their creative calling. Whether it's farming, baking, or making, MoFACo offers artisans access to the facilities, tools, and retail space that is designed to help them grow and flourish.

In conjunction with that mission, The Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op, is also committed to helping Southern Utah residents move toward a more self-sustainable, local first way of living. We support this by offering workshops, classes, and skill shares to the community. Look for our gardening courses and ‘Preserving the Season’ canning series coming soon!

Most importantly, we facilitate our local farmers’ markets that give everyone access to locally grown food and goods. All our markets offer free family friendly programs such as: cooking classes, youth activities, and live music. Our markets also offer EBT/SNAP redemption.

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The Co-op
Tuesday - Sunday
Location Coming Soon!

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Downtown Farmers Market
MAY - OCTOBER
Saturdays

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West Village Artisan Market
1st Wednesday of the month, year around

4pm- 7pm

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Downtown Holiday Market
DECEMBER
Saturdays

Episode 2 of the podcast will be about podcast co-host, Anna Lytle who has a passion for living low waste, urbaning gardening and creating a handmade home. Can you guess how much waste, on average, Americans produce everyday? Make sure you listen to the episode on March 17th to find out the answer! ...

🌿ZERO WASTE WEDNESDAY🌿 - Americans spend, on average, 90% of their time indoors and with all the chemicals we are now using in our homes, our indoor air quality can be 5-100 times more polluted than outdoor air concentrations. - Household cleaners, paints, perfumes, and personal care products can be among the culprits. Switching to non toxic products can not only improve indoor air quality but also reduce household waste by reducing the amount of products needed. Avoiding products with synthetic “fragrance” listed as an ingredient can also help prevent other health issues, like hormone disruption. - Dr. Bronners Sal Suds and Castile Soap can be used as all purpose cleaners, from laundry, dishes, floors and counters, to the Castile soap for hand and body wash. -Baking soda can be used as a good scrubbing agent and even in some DIY beauty products. Chances are you already have it since it’s used in many baking recipes! - Melted coconut oil and warm water can be used as a stainless steel appliance cleaner to remove smudges! - Vinegar can be used to clean windows and also as a disinfectant (just avoid using on granite and marble) - Essential oils can also add a powerful punch to non toxic cleaning products! Just make sure you make your oils last, since making essential oils takes massive amounts of raw materials for a small amount of oil. Also ensure that the oils you choose are safe around little kids and pets. Lavender is a safe go to essential oil! And you can even find that locally from Baker Creek Lavender Farm in Central, Utah. 🌱Do you have a favorite non toxic cleaning product? ...

Only four weeks out from the release of our podcast! If you are as excited as we are about this podcast, consider pledging your support on Patreon and becoming a monthly contributor to help with the costs of podcast production. To find the link to our Patreon account, check out the link in our bio. Every little bit helps! Also, if you haven’t subscribed yet to the podcast, you can already find it wherever you get your podcasts. We can’t wait to share all of these incredible conversations with you! ...

Have you heard the term Regenerative Agriculutre before? If you haven’t, what do you think it means? And if you are familiar with the term, can you list a few of the principles? 🌱 In episode 3 of the podcast, we discuss with Robert of Cherith Brook Farms in Enterprise, Utah, what regenerative agriculture is and how he uses the principles on the land he manages. Tune in on March 17th for the full episode! You can already find the information for podcast wherever you find your podcasts so make sure you hit subscribe! ...

Zero Waste Wednesday
The clothing industry is a major contributor to our global waste problem. Water pollution, chemical contamination, soil degradation, destruction of biodiversity, and severe health implications for the grossly underpaid workers are a few of the impacts “fast fashion” can have as well. - The average American throws away 81 pounds of clothes each year
- 95% of clothing could be recycled, but 85% ends up in the landfill
- In 1960, the average American spent 10% of their income on clothing and shoes, they would purchase about 25 clothing items per year and 95% of it was made in the United States
- Today the average American spends 3.5% of their income on clothing and shoes, we purchase on average 75 new clothing items per person, per year and only 2% of that is made in the United States
One of the best ways to reduce the environmental impact of our closet is to buy second hand, clothing swap parties are becoming more and more popular as well!
If you do buy new, buy high quality items, made with natural fibers such as cotton, linen, hemp or wool and low impact or natural dyes, preferably all made right here in the United States. There are more and more companies who are trying to ensure environmental and worker protections, but considering the carbon footprint of importing items, its ideal to buy USA made, even better if its Utah made. Whenever it seems like an item is “expensive” try asking yourself, why is the alternative so cheap?
What would it look like if you budgeted 10% of your income for clothing and shoes?
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Five weeks until the podcast drops! In case you haven’t heard our trailer, the link is still in our bio! Just scroll to the bottom of the website page and check it out. You can also now find the podcast wherever you get your podcasts! So make sure you search “Modern Farm and Artisan Co-Op” and subscribe so when our first five episodes drop on March 17th, they will automatically pop up in your feed! We can’t wait to share these episodes with you all! ...

@the_lyt_house is doing #interviews for #bonusepisodes of the #podcast here at #utfc2020 hosted by @redacrecenterut vet up here and contribute ...

WOW We've had an amazing conference so far and can't wait for tomorrow morning. We'll be manning the booth and doing live podcast interviews. If you are in the area and want to chat about food, supporting locals, and anything else that comes up stop by 8 am to 11 am at the Utah Farm Conference until then here's some carrots because... CARROTS😍 ...

Only six weeks until our podcast drops! Check out the trailer by clicking on the link in our bio! What would you love to know about our locals farmers, makers and educators? Comment with your questions or email us at podcast@mofacoutah.com ...

The link is in our bio to check out the trailer for the podcast! The link will take you to our official #podcast page and the trailer is at the bottom!
If you’re interested in #supporting the podcast, check out https://www.patreon.com/mofacoutah to pledge your support!
We are so excited to be featuring the #music of #local artist, Jake Shepard of the funk band POOCH, in this season of the podcast.
We received so many #incredible music submissions and we cannot wait to put more of our #localtalents work to use in #future video projects. Thank you to everyone that submitted!
Our first five episodes will be released on March 17th at 6am! So mark your calendars!
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Spring is just around the corner and that means spring gardens! One of our missions is to support our wonderful locals, like you, to get the information and inspiration you need to try your hand at growing your own delicious, healthy, high quality food at home. So we want to know how to best help you! 🌱What do you want to know about starting a home garden? 🌱Is there something that’s been preventing you from starting one? 🌱Have you tried a garden before and didn’t see the results you were hoping for? 🌱Comment with your questions! We would love to create a special bonus podcast episode answering all the questions and give you insight on how to best start your journey to gardening greatness! ...

Episode one of the Modern Farm and Artisan Co-Op Podcast is all about MoFACo founder and owner of the Downtown Farmers Market and the West Village Farmers Market, Kat Puzey. Make sure you mark your calendars for March 17th, so you can get to know the woman who is transforming the way we support our local economy! Follow her at @downtownfarmerkat ...

🌿Zero Waste Wednesday 🌿 Part of living low waste is using what you have and resisting the urge to buy new, even if it’s from an environmentally friendly company. If you already have containers, jars and bags the best thing you can do for the environment and your wallet is to use what you have first! That’s not to say you can’t buy new things, but a crucial step in reducing waste is avoiding unnecessary purchases. Living low waste is about using all those mismatched glass jars and bags and recognizing that you don’t need that perfect Pinterest pantry to be low waste.
When the time comes where you do need to make new purchases doing your homework on the company is also critical since 70% of a products waste is created upstream in the production, manufacturing, and transportation of a product! Buying secondhand or local as possible is ideal as well as buying items that serve multiple purposes and are designed to last are also essential to consider.
Remember: REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE!
How have you started to reduce your waste?
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Seven weeks until the Modern Farm and Artisan Co-Op Podcast is live and in your feed! We will be dropping 5 episodes on the day of the release, including interviews of both co-hosts, Kat Puzey and Anna Lytle. After the release, new episodes will be put out every two weeks.
We have such an incredible list of locals that we are interviewing for the show! We would love to know, what questions do you have for our farmers, makers and educators? What would you love to learn about it?
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Episode 3 of the Modern Farm and Artisan Podcast is all about Robert and Jodi Bronner of Cherith Brook Farms in Enterprise, Utah. They sustainably raise chicken, lamb, goat, and for the first time this year, pig. Robert is a true wealth of knowledge and is incredibly dedicated to the care of their animals. Make sure you check out the episode on March 17th, but until then you can purchase their products at the farmers market! ...

🌿Zero Waste Wednesday 🌿
Today we’ll share a few big ways you can REDUCE your waste on a larger scale and make your “footprint” a positive one.
Zero waste can sometimes be thought about only reducing personal waste that comes in and out of our homes in the form of trash, but zero waste on a larger scale includes all the waste that’s created “upstream” in the production and transportation of the goods we purchase. Carefully selecting what we purchase, where we get it from, and the care that was taken in the production of that good are just as important to consider as the packaging it comes in.
Let’s take food for example, 40% of food produced in the United States gets thrown away UNEATEN! That’s an enormous amount of waste. Produce considered to be ugly or misshapen also gets thrown out.
On average food travels 1500 miles from farm to table, and usually requires it to be wrapped in plastic to help keep it “fresh” but every day it sits after harvesting, it loses nutritional value.
Eating foods that are out of season or have to shipped from other countries greatly increases the “footprint” and waste of the product.
So how do we change this? By eating foods produced locally, you will automatically be eating seasonally. We’re fortunate enough to live in a place that has a long growing season and some foods can even be grown during the winter too. By shopping at the farmers market you’ll start to learn whats in season every month. Last week I got carrots and Jerusalem artichokes from @redacrefarm the beautiful apples featured in the picture from Little America Orchard in New Harmony and lamb from Cherith Brook Farms in Enterprise.
By using your hard earned dollars at the farmers markets you’ll not only reduce waste on a larger scale and increase nutritional value, but you’ll be supporting your local economy by putting the money directly into the community!
What’s something you love to buy locally?
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Eight weeks until the Modern Farm and Artisan Podcast is in your feed! We will be releasing multiple episodes on March 17th so you can binge listen. But until then, do you know of someone in southern Utah that we should interview? We will be interviewing everyone currently involved with the our farmers markets, but we would love to talk to any local farmers, makers, educators and organizations who are working hard to make a positive impact on our community! ...

Zero Waste Wednesday:
Today we will start to explore how we can RETHINK how we shop:
🌿The cost of packaging is about 10% of an items price, by avoiding packaging you are not only saving that 10% but you are automatically buying a healthier option by buying single ingredients without all the preservatives, synthetic colors and flavors, leeching from plastic packaging is also a concern, a lot of canned goods are lined with BPA which can seep into your food.
🌿Most produce automatically comes without packaging, instead of reaching for a plastic baggie to put your fruits and veggies in, either opt for no bag at all or bring your own cloth bag! (if you have some old t-shirts lying around there are numerous Pinterest no-sew tutorials for turning t-shirts into produce bags) 🌿Stores with bulk sections offer a wide variety of ingredients, all you have to do is bring the container! I opt for using reusable cloth bags of all sizes, small ones for seasoning and spices, and tea blends, medium ones for chocolate chips or nuts and large ones for oatmeal, flour, sugar, rice, dried beans, etc. just make sure you write down the PLU (price look up code) on the tag, or print out the sticker to make checkout easy! *If you start buying most of your packaged items in glass you will soon find yourself with tons of jars to store all your bulk items in*

This way of shopping does take some rethinking and learning new ways of cooking since instead of buying canned beans for example, you can buy dried beans and learn how to soak and cook them.
🌱To get you started on cooking up your own beans, try this out: 1 cup dried beans = 3 cups cooked beans
🌱Fill up a glass jar or bowl with 1 cup beans and fill the rest with water 🌱Let soak in your fridge overnight, they can soak for longer if needed 🌱Once soaked, put a large pot on the stove and put the beans, with their water, into the pot and cover the beans in an inch or so of water.
🌱Let the water boil for 20 minutes, add salt and then turn to a medium heat and let the beans simmer for one hour
🌱Strain the water off and either store in fridge or freeze the beans for later use. Picture by @the_lyt_house
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We’re launching a podcast! The official launch date countdown starts now, so mark your calendars because Tuesday March 17th 2020 you will have your new favorite podcast in your feed!
The Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op Podcast will be all about connecting you to the lives and stories of our local farmers, makers, and educators. Through these stories we hope to connect you to food in an entirely new way, inspire you to possibly start producing your own food, step into a new creative path, and understand the importance of voting with your dollar and strengthening the local economy. More updates will be coming soon, so be sure to check back!
But in the meantime we want to know, what are some questions you would love for us to ask our interviewees?
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*Zero waste Wednesday*
First, some startling facts:
- Currently 100 billion plastic bags pass through the hands of US consumers every year - In the US, we use 13 billion pounds of paper towels per year - Globally, we produce 300 million tones of plastic pear year, 50% of it is for single use, like straws, plates, cups, cutlery, take out containers, etc and only 9% is currently recycled, which is why reducing plastic waste is incredibly important.
If you’ve tackled bringing your own water bottle with you and maybe stashing a spare mug and pair of cutlery in your bag/car, then let’s move on to the next few items you can start REFUSING: plastic bags, paper towels, plastic wrap and take out containers and RETHINKING how you shop by purchasing items in reusable glass jars
🌿start bringing reusable bags, not only to the grocery store, but everywhere you shop (including the Farmers Markets). If you have a hard time remembering your bags, try keeping your keys and wallet with them. I only use 3-4 reusable bags and that handles a pretty full carts worth of groceries and makes handling them a lot easier vs 10+ plastic bags.
🌿Replace paper towels with cloth rags! Not only will you save money, but save trees from being cut down and save water used in manufacturing of paper towels. I have a full drawer full and keep the used ones in a small basket and when it’s full I wash them. 🌿Instead of plastic wrap, put an extra plate over your leftovers, or use beeswax wrap which can easily last over a year and then be composted at the end of its life. There are also bowl bonnets, which are fabric with an elastic band to fit over larger bowls and containers! 🌿bring an extra container with you to use for leftovers when dining out instead of using styrofoam of plastic options offered at restaurants!
🌿Start looking for items you normally purchase in glass jars! Look for ones that will be easy to clean and reuse for bulk items which we will be covering next week! *planning ahead is a crucial factor in living low waste, it might not come easily at first but with practice, it will all become part of your daily habits*
That’s it for this week! Let us know how you do!
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